COUN5231 Field Placement and Supervision 1

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: 6 Year 1 units must be completed*

Mode(s) of delivery: On Campus and Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Core

*The unit COUN5241 Field Placement and Supervision 2 must be taken in the subsequent term as these units are run as a back to back student placement.

Unit description

Placements provide the practice opportunities to integrate and apply counselling theory and skills, and to practice ethical decision-making to uphold the rights and autonomy of clients.  In this unit students have the opportunity to apply a range of counselling skills and interventions to meet client needs, and analyse the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on their counselling practice. Students will sharpen their counselling practice, develop intervention planning and participate in supervision through presentations of case material.

You will meet either online or on campus for two-hour supervision sessions on a weekly basis for 13 weeks of the term (excluding Week 7) with your Clinical Supervisor.

This unit links theory to practise and asks you to consider how the parallel experiences of being on placement and reflecting on observations and feelings with a clinical supervisor can enhance skills, theoretical knowledge and personal insight. Weekly supervision sessions create a forum wherein you will bring case conceptualisation presentations, talk about occurrences on placement and learn how supervision will support your career. Clinical Supervision is also the place where self-awareness and critical reflection are focal points through discussion and reflective journal writing. 

Students must be in an approved placement prior to enrolling in this unit.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a)    analyse the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on their counselling practice
b)    apply a range of counselling skills and interventions to meet client needs
c)    apply intervention planning to case presentations
d)    apply ethical decision-making to counselling practice to uphold the rights and autonomy of clients
e)    apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practice with clients in a counselling agency
f)    engage in group supervision and reflect on the practice of counselling
g)   present client cases in supervision
h)   receive and apply feedback appropriately

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours and 20 minutes per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes are offered On Campus and Online. On Campus class times may change between terms, whereas Online synchronous class times tend to be the same each term.

On Campus class times for current enrolment periods can be accessed here.

Online times can be accessed here (scroll down the page and open the document at the bottom of the page).

Students are encouraged to plan their unit enrolment early to avoid clashes with their placement or other units.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.